While traveling abroad, make safety a priority, and wherever you are, be smart.
- If at all possible, always stay in a group, and let your Program Director know where you’re going.
- Guard against pick-pocketing by wearing your backpack on the front of your body (if you must wear it at all), keeping your money/wallet in your front pocket or under your clothes, and keeping hold of your electronic equipment (cell phone, mp3 player, camera, etc.).
- Always carry ID and a little extra cash with you.
- Bring your internationally-enabled cell phone in case of an emergency as well as a list of emergency numbers (including the local equivalent of 911, your Program Director’s cell phone, your travel insurance company’s assistance line, the American Embassy, etc.).
- Remember that you don’t bring the U.S. Constitution with you – you are subject to all local laws and customs.
- Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or a close friend, and always give your itinerary to the U.S. State Department.
- Don’t accept packages from strangers or leave your luggage unattended at any time – especially at the airport.